Greetings, David here.
This week we’re reflecting on desert experiences. Earlier this week Rob wrote this about the desert or wilderness experience:
Israel endured 40 years in the Sinai desert as a consequence of failing to trust God. John the Baptist and Jesus spent time in the deserts east of the Jordan river in response to a call form God. Either way the desert is portrayed as a place of testing and preparation. This was true for me. It wasn’t a place to stay, but a place to journey through. While there’s life in the desert it’s only enough to get you through to a better, more fruitful place. My desert experience was part of my moving through into a deeper stage of faith. Journeying through the Mojave was great but I didn’t want to break down there!
The desert and the wilderness are places we all go from time to time. We spend a lot of time trying to avoid these places too. Popular culture drives us to do everything we can do to avoid these places. Perhaps though, God is looking for an opportunity to get us on our own and disrupt us to get our attention. The desert may feel like a destination, however is all about the journey.
Here’s a description of the journey through the desert by the band America.
On the first part of the journey
I was looking at all the life
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rings
The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz
And the sky with no clouds
The heat was hot and the ground was dry
But the air was full of sound
Maybe you’re feeling like you’re in a desert right now. God is working on you. Here are a few questions that may help you:
- What is it that God is disrupting you from?
- What are you hearing from God, or what are you listening for, hoping to hear?
- What are you doing to sustain yourself – where is the well?
- Who are your helpers – are the helping? Do you need others?
May you this week value the process of the desert. It may be dry, barren, and alone, however look for the green shots, and the life that is or is about to break through. May God disrupt you and lead you into new life, and lead you on the road through the desert.